Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pre-orders starts in Canada – at Best Buy July 22nd

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally starting to gain stride in nationwide launches, and Canada will not be ignored. On Best Buy’s online store, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is shown available for pre-order now and as seen in the pic below, available in their warehouse July 22nd (on shelves next day most likely). As you can also see, the Galaxy Tab running Android 3.1 Honeycomb will cost you $499 plus taxes for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB model. Both of which are Wi-Fi, not 3G (yet anyway).

Sure it’s later than the US is getting it, but it’s better than most other devices making their way north of the US border. Who’s getting one……I am!

[via best buy, samsung]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with AT&T radio hits FCC, Or is that for Canada?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched this past Friday, but only the Wi-Fi version. Verizon Wireless is expected to get the 4G LTE version, but nothing else has been announced.

Recently, a version with AT&T radios as passed the FCC, but the question is if it will be released by AT&T. Recent rumors are suggesting that Bell network in Canada will be getting the Tab 10.1. If I were a betting man, I would have to say that this FCC approval means that you are going to see it launched up north in the very near future.

[via phandroid]

Best Buy Opens Pre-Orders for Bell’s Motorola Atrix

Pre-Order the Bell Atrix at Best Buy
Our friendly Canucks up north at Best Buy Canada are now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Atrix. For $50 of your hard-earned Canadian cash, you can secure a spot in the pre-order mix for this hotly anticipated dual-core phone. Sadly, no release date is given on Best Buy Canada’s website, but hopefully it’s not too far away. If you’re in Canada and want one of these cool looking phones, I hope you’re lucky enough to get one.

[via Best Buy Canada]

Rogers drops the Samsung Galaxy Tab to $299

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Rogers Wireless has finally jumped on the bandwagon of carriers lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab down to $299.99 on a 3 year contract. Even though this is a lower price, it’s still pretty pricey considering that the Galaxy Tab has 2 more models coming out with much better specs that this original, on top of that, there are going to be a giant amount of tablets being made available to Canada this year. If you really want a tablet, it would be advisable to hold on a little while longer, as this will lock you into a 3 year contract with an already outdated piece of hardware.

I have a better idea Rogers, get rid of the 3 year contract, and put this price at the maximum under a 2 year. In 3 years time, this tablet will look like an Etch-a-Sketch compared to whats available on the market when they’re finally good to buy another tablet.

[via Rogers Wireless]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play getting GSM approval from FCC

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We know that the Xperia Play will be hitting Verizon in the U.S, as well as O2 in the UK, but we haven’t heard much about where else it may be heading. Rogers Canada will be launching the Xperia Play this Spring as well, but we now see that the Xperia Play is htting the FCC again for GSM approval. More specifically, for GSM bands 900/2100MHz 3G, which are used in Asia and Europe more than other parts of the world.

Makes you wonder where the Xperia Play will be launching next, seeing as it’s getting FCC approval for Global GSM bands.

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[via Engadget]

The Perfect Canadian Coffee Spots for You Late-Night Android Enthusiasts

Our Canadian readers may find this of interest, though it’s admittedly not exactly Android-related. But a couple of our good friends have started scouring Canada for the “perfect cup” of coffee. Steering clear of the bigger chains, they tend to focus on the smaller, more intimate places to sit down with a cup o’Joe. Common Grounds TV will be airing in Canada this Spring, and one of the leaders on this project, Nik Green, is a good friend to TalkAndroid staff. Canadian coffee enthusiasts, or just people who really like TalkAndroid (which is all of you, right?), should tune in and show support to Nik and his team. In the process, you might even find some of the best spots to sit down and enjoy some coffee, which is the perfect fuel for late-night Android sessions, be it gaming or developing.

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[via OverClockersClub.com]

Telus will sell devices unlocked starting Feb 15th

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As of February 15th, Telus will begin selling its’ devices with the ability to unlock the SIMs on most handsets they carry. This is a great way to retain customers, because to take advantage of the offer, you need to have a good account standing with Telus for a minimum of 90 days. The unlock will only cost you $50, and will work for both GSM and iDEN devices. Smart.

[via BGR]

Froyo update comes to Samsung Vibrant and Fascinate phones in Canada, bugs (hopefully) handled

Who wants Froyo? If you’re a Samsung Vibrant or Fascinate user in Canada, chances are your hand is up right now. Fortunately, it looks like Samsung Canada wants to help you out, as they now have a 2.2 update for:

  • Bell Samsung Vibrant
  • Virgin Mobile Samsung Vibrant
  • SaskTel Samsung Vibrant
  • Telus Samsung Fascinate

The update, as per usual, comes to us via Kies, and should come without the bugs from the last round of updates that killed off the MicroSD storage card. So check out Kies and see if you’ve got the upgrade, and be sure to let us know the results in the comments below.

[via engadget]

Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Rogers, Bell hacked for voice calls

Remember last week, when some clever hackers at xda-developers got voice calling functional on the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab? Well, they’re back with more. It would seem that, with the release of the Tab on AT&T comes the voice call hack for the very same tablet, and xda has the inside scoop on how to get it done for yourself.

Of course, just like last time, this isn’t a one-click trick. But, if you’re ready to don your geek hats and bust out with the nerd voice, hit the break for the official instructions. As always, you can hit the source link for the official thread over at xda, and TalkAndroid cannot be held liable to any damage to your device.

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Froyo update for the Acer Liquid E now available

Rogers and Fido customers who own an Acer Liquid E are getting their serving of Froyo. It’s not coming in the form of an OTA update, but customers can visit Acer’s Canadian website to download and install the update manually.

The zip file contains a pretty easy to follow set of instructions, and only one person has reported issues with this so far. It sounds like this should be a pretty simple upgrade, so if you’re on Rogers and Fido and have a Liquid E, let us know how the update process goes by leaving us a comment below!

[via AC]